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PETA’s Activism Tips

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Now that you know how animal rights YOU are, please check out our tips! If you’d like to discuss any of them or need some help getting started, please contact the Action Team at ATeam@peta.org, and we’ll help! We’ve included tips for all the different activist styles, so please take a minute to review them all.

Tips for Busy Beavers

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  • Check out your local shoe store for nonleather shoes, and politely ask the manager to carry some if you don’t find any.
  • Drop a stack of vegetarian/vegan starter kits off at local businesses in your area. (We’ll send you some.)
  • Pen a brief letter to the editor of a newspaper that runs an ad for a fur sale, describing the cruelty in the fur industry. If the paper doesn’t print your letter, leave a comment on the paper’s Facebook page and encourage others online to do the same.
  • If your local hardware or outdoor store sells steel-jaw traps, ask to meet with the owners, show them video footage of animals suffering in the traps (including companion animals, who are often mistakenly caught), and ask that the traps be removed from the shelves. If they refuse, contact the Action Team, and we’ll help you brainstorm more ways to put the pressure on.
  • If you’re shopping and notice that a store sells fur, gather some expensive merchandise and ask a clerk to set it aside for you while you continue to shop. After a few minutes, ask to speak to the manager and inform him or her that you won’t be purchasing anything because you’ve noticed that the store sells fur items.
  • Always complain to restaurant and grocery-store management about the cruelty of confining and boiling crustaceans.
  • Use PETA’s steps for getting cruel lobster claw “games” removed from restaurants.
  • Are there animal abusers in your community—maybe a slaughterhouse, a meat-processor convention, or a store that sells live animals? Grab a sign and stand out front to let them know what you think of their cruelty. We’ll send you posters for free!
  • Set up an information table during community events and gatherings—anywhere that there are people to talk to about animal rights. We’ll send you everything that you need and give you tons of great tips and talking points.
  • Ask for meetings with your federal, state, or local representatives, and equip yourself with information—prepare information packets that include a factsheet on the issue and the proposed ordinance.
  • Attend city council meetings—contact the council office to learn how to get your issue on the agenda.
  • Organize a protest! Is there a fur store in town? Is a circus coming soon? Organize a protest, and we’ll send you supplies and help promote the event. Contact the Action Team, and we’ll walk you through the steps!
  • Start your own animal rights group! It’s easier than you might think, and PETA can help promote your events.

 

Tips for Enthusiastic Elephants

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  • Ask your child’s teacher to stop keeping animals in the classroom or requiring students to dissect them. Contact TeachKind for free dissection alternatives.
  • Show your hairdresser or barber some of the many great hair-care products that weren’t tested on animals.
  • Order PETA’s free Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide.
  • Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog if you’ve noticed that he or she is always tied outdoors or left alone throughout the day without food, fresh water, or toys.
  • Peruse your local paper for “free to a good home” ads, and call the people who place them, warning them that their animal might end up in a lab.
  • Call in to radio shows, and tell the audience all about the huge array of vegetarian options available in your local grocery store or how much weight you lost when you went vegan!
  • Take vegan meals (and the recipes!) to functions.
  • Lend animal rights books to your friends, and place them in your condo, retirement home, town, school, church, or synagogue library.
  • Be a whistleblower—alert PETA or the appropriate authorities if you witness cruelty and/or neglect of an animal in a pet store, circus, zoo, factory farm, laboratory, etc.
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter—most shelters welcome volunteers who help walk dogs, clean cat cages, and dole out love and attention to needy animals.
  • Stand on a busy street corner, and pass out free PETA literature to passersby.
  • Always carry an animal rescue kit in your car, in case you come across stray or injured animals.
  • Organize a bowl-a-thon, dance-a-thon, bike-a-thon, or any other “a-thon”—it’s a fun way to help animals while getting together with friends!
  • Raise funds to offer rewards for cruelty-case arrests, to spay and neuter animals in your community, to relocate bears and other exotic animals from roadside zoos to sanctuaries, or other worthy causes—the sky’s the limit!
  • Hold a yard sale, vegan bake sale, or car wash, and donate the proceeds to an animal rights group.
  • Stick a “Free Vegetarian Starter Kit” card on your grocery store bulletin board.

 

Tips for Advocating Alligators

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  • Go online and share PETA videos.
  • Write to the producer of any TV program in which characters abuse or ridicule animals and send an e-mail to the network that airs the show as well. Also, consider leaving negative comments on the network’s Facebook pages.
  • Call the sponsors of upcoming entertainment events that use animals, such as circuses and rodeos (look for ads in your local paper) and urge them to end their sponsorship. Explain why! Also, go to their Facebook pages and leave comments about the truth of what the company is supporting and ask everyone you know to do the same.
  • Thank publishers and producers for animal-friendly messages on TV and in print.
  • Write letters or e-mails to companies that perform cruel experiments on animals, such as Iams and its parent company, Procter & Gamble.
  • Call and write your legislators, asking them to support animal-friendly legislation.
  • Make sure that all your donations go to support cruelty-free charities. We can send you a list of charities that do not torture or exploit animals.
  • Contact your local cable company about running an animal rights video on cable public access television.
  • Contact local radio stations to run one of PETA’s 30- or 60-second public service announcements.
  • Get a personalized license plate with a message such as “BAN FUR.”
  • Put an animal rights bumper sticker (or more than one!) on your car.
  • Buy cruelty-free supplies for your office restroom and kitchen.
  • Put up one of PETA’s “Rescued” calendars or get a coffee mug with an animal rights message—they’re conversation starters!
  • If you discover that your apartment or office building is using glue traps, contact the building manager about how cruel and dangerous these traps are and urge him or her to use humane alternatives.
  • Download PETA’s iPhone app, and start taking action from your phone!

 

Tips for Devoted Ducklings

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  • Include a PETA leaflet with every bill that you pay, and place animal rights stickers on the outside of the envelope.
  • Record an animal rights message on your voice-mail, such as “More than 3 million animals die every hour in the U.S. for their flesh. For a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, visit PETA.org.”
  • Include an animal rights quote or—better yet—link to a video in your e-mail autosignature.
  • Speak up! When people ask you why you don’t eat animals, don’t just call it a “personal choice.” Instead, paint a vivid picture of cruelty to animals and explain how easy it is to go vegan!
  • Put an animal rights bumper sticker on your car.
  • Wear an animal rights T-shirt or button.
  • Carry your literature in a PETA logo bag.
  • Get your coffee to go in an animal rights commuter mug.
  • Use suggestion boxes at restaurants—ask the manager to consider vegan alternatives and vegan menu items and thank him or her if they’re already on the menu!
  • Buy grandkids, nieces, nephews, and any other kids in your life great animal-friendly books (such as Ruby Roth’s V Is for Vegan) and get them free PETA comic books or a copy of PETA’s “Kids’ Guide to Helping Animals”!
  • Send greeting cards with animal-friendly messages during the holidays.
  • Don’t support any company, corporation, or business that contributes to the suffering of animals. Urge others to shun these businesses as well, and let the company know that it has lost your business.
  • Donate your fur coat—put it in permanent “storage” with PETA. You’ll get a tax deduction for your donation, and your coat will be “redesigned” and used to stop cruelty and protect needy people from the cold.
  • Double your contributions to animal rights groups by checking into the details of your company’s matching-gift program.
  • Display animal rights literature (we’ll send you lots for free!) for people to see and take.
  • Make cruelty-free investments. Donate the proceeds of your earnings to groups that help animals.
  • Stay up to date on all the latest animal rights issues. Add PETA on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYouTube, and others!
  • If they don’t already, ask your local coffee shop to start offering soy or coconut milk creamer.
  • Watch animal rights–themed movies with friends and family and discuss the issues afterward. Check out PETA’s list of animal rights movies to get started!
  • Download the Happy Cow app and find restaurants that serve healthy, delicious vegan food.
  • Sign up for text messages from PETA to take action on breaking campaigns to help animals.
  • Start using Facebook effectively and speak out for animals!

Looking for more ways to get active for animals? Start by sharing PETA’s “How Animal Rights Are You?” quiz on Facebook!

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